Margate Commissioners recently awarded 15 municipal employees with new, 3 year contracts complete with annual 3% pay increases.
In addition to salaries, most Margate employee contracts include premium healthcare, vacation and sick time, along with the controversial, longevity pay.
- Fire Chief Adams: $169,000 plus $15,000 in longevity pay.
- Police Chief Matt Hankinson: $169,000 plus $15,000 in longevity pay.
- Deputy Fire Chief Pat Armstrong: $152,000 plus $15,000 in longevity pay.
- Capt. Ronald Kashon: $152,000 plus $15,000 in longevity pay.
- Asst Superintendent James Dickerson: $141,000 w/ $16,000 in longevity pay.
- Asst Superintendent Patrick Power: $139,000 w/ $10,000 in longevity pay.
- Office Supervisor Robert Gilmore: $99,000 w/ $10,000 in longevity pay.
- Construction Official James Galantino: $135,000 w/ $15,000 in longevity pay.
- Technical Assistant Palma Shiles: $78,000.
- Zoning Officer Roger McLarnon: $135,000 w/ $5,000 in longevity pay.
- Court Admin Maureen Larkin: $110,000 w/ $15,000 in longevity pay.
- Deputy Court Admin Deanna Krupp: $80,000 w/ $5,000 in longevity pay.
- Tax Collector Tara Mazza: $107,000 w/ $10,000 in longevity pay.
- Rec Director Andrew Miles: $107,000 w/ $10,000 in longevity pay.
- Personal Assistant to (?) Kelle Amodeo: $70,000.
Margate Director of Revenue & Finance
Annual Salary $29,621
“Longevity payments are nothing but bonuses that float under the radar,” says Kevin Walsh, acting NJ State Comptroller and Govt watchdog.
These are the types of excessive benefits unheard of for state employees or private sector workers. Government transparency and accountability is diminished when taxpayers fund what are essentially yearly bonuses that are all but untraceable to taxpayers.Kevin Walsh
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As New Jersey’s watchdog, Kevin leads the Office of the State Comptroller to advance accountability and transparency across government and to advocate on behalf of taxpayers.
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In other Margate financial news, a new ordinance was introduced requiring business owners and rental property owners to have a minimum of $500,000 in liability insurance. Owner-occupied properties with four or fewer units are required to carry at least $300,000 in liability coverage.